Baker Mayfield won’t back down, won’t change.

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BEREA Andy Isabella Jersey , Ohio (AP) — Not for Hue Jackson or TV commentators or critics or anyone.Don’t bother telling Cleveland’s rookie quarterback how he should act, what he should say or how he should feel.He’s not listening.“I’m not a cookie-cutter quarterback,” Mayfield said. “Never have been, never will be.”Dismissing some condemnation for recent comments and actions, Mayfield doubled down on Wednesday by saying he doesn’t regret calling former Browns coach Hue Jackson “fake” and promised to stay true to himself.After throwing four touchdown passes and leading the Browns to a 35-20 win on Sunday in Cincinnati, Mayfield was cool toward Jackson when they met on the field and then said he was unhappy with the coach’s decision to take a job with the Bengals, a division rival, just weeks after he was fired by the Browns.Mayfield’s remarks drew some harsh criticism, especially from ESPN’s Damien Woody, a former NFL player who called the 23-year-old immature and hypocritical because he transferred from Texas Tech to Oklahoma. Mayfield fired back at Woody by posting a comment on Instagram assailing Jackson, pointing out he lost 30-plus games with Cleveland, labeling him “fake.”Mayfield isn’t taking back a single word.“People took it as me personally attacking Hue Brian Burns Jersey , but that’s not it,” he said. “It’s the fact that I get to have my own opinion on how it transpired and he gets to do what he wants. That’s how it is. I speak my mind. That’s just how I am, so I didn’t like the (Jackson) move and people don’t have to care. I’m not looking for anybody’s approval. I don’t regret any of it. It’s about this team and what we have, and we have to stick together and play together.”Mayfield, who has played superbly in leading the Browns to two straight wins, believes his passion to play and lead has been misread.“People get maturity confused with me being 100 percent comfortable in my own skin,” Mayfield said. “It’s not immature. It’s me being exactly who I am every day. Being that same guy for our team and I think that is very important for us right now.”Mayfield declined to elaborate about his relationship with Jackson, saying “it’s in-house information and it doesn’t matter.”But Mayfield’s conduct has struck a nerve — in Cleveland, where he’s being hailed as a franchise savior, and across the NFL, which is taking note of a Browns team making some noise.This is the swaggering, headband-wearing, flag-planting Mayfield the Browns knew they were getting when the team selected him with the No. 1 overall pick. He arrived carrying a Heisman Trophy but with other baggage http://www.panthersfootballauthentic.com/greg-little-jersey-authentic , which included some questionable on-field antics — and an off-field arrest — that concerned some front-office executives but didn’t dissuade the Browns.Mayfield insists he’s just being himself, and he’ll deal with detractors the way he always has.“I have an opinion and I’m entitled to that, but the most important thing is me doing my job and I can manage both, and that’s what people don’t understand,” he said. “Yeah, a quarterback that’s a little different from some of the guys to have a voice, but that’s just how I’ve always been and I’m not going to change for anybody.”Mayfield’s relishes the rebel label. It fuels him, fires up his teammates and has endeared him to Browns fans, who believe the future is bright.But while he loves being the outsider, Mayfield knows there’s a segment of people who wish he would tone down his act and behave more in line with Drew Brees or Peyton Manning.That’s their opinion, though. Mayfield is going to be his own man.“They are their own person. I’m not trying to be exactly like them,” Mayfield said. “Yeah, there are things that I absolutely admire about both of those guys Will Grier Jersey , but I’m never trying to be anybody else. I’m going to be the best version of myself and that’s what has gotten me here.”It’s gotten the Browns back to playing meaningful games in December.Just as he does on Sundays, Browns left guard Joel Bitonio protected Mayfield.“If you look at Baker’s body of work since he’s been here, I think it’s shown that he’s a confident, sometimes cocky player, but you need to be that to be a quarterback in this league,” Bitonio said. “People go about it differently and he plays the game the right way, he works the right way, he does things the right way and I’m happy he’s our quarterback.”NOTES: Interim coach Gregg Williams said rookie OL Austin Corbett had his foot stepped on Sunday at Cincinnati. The No. 33 overall pick could be sidelined for an extended period. … Williams opened his news conference by offering condolences to the Texans following the death of their owner Bob McNair. Cleveland plays at Houston on Sunday.__ ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP)Vance Joseph’s rookie season in Denver has been full of losses, laments and quarterback switches. Joseph said Friday that Trevor Siemian’s season is over, indicated Brock Osweiler’s starting days also might be finished and hinted Paxton Lynch could start at Washington next week . Siemian was placed on injured reserve Friday after injuring his left shoulder Thursday night at Indianapolis, where Osweiler came in cold and sparked a 25-13 comeback over the Colts with a touchdown run and two TD passes while completing 12 of 17 throws for 194 yards. That didn’t necessarily earn him the starting job for the Broncos (5-9) down the stretch, however. ”I’m not sure. We’ve got two healthy guys there http://www.panthersfootballauthentic.com/christian-miller-jersey-authentic ,” Joseph said when asked if Osweiler would start at Washington on Christmas Eve. ”We’re going to have a staff meeting on Monday morning and see who’s best for us. Paxton being a young guy, we want to see him play more, so that part will have some bearing there. So we’ll see. ”Brock played really well last night. He made some big-time throws and his leadership showed. He played with great poise and he took care of the football. That’s going to be a long and hard conversation.” So Lynch might get the nod when the Broncos visit Washington (4-10) next week. At the very least, he could share snaps with Osweiler like in the preseason. Joseph acknowledged a sort of double standard at quarterback with Lynch, who’s been a major disappointment ever since general manager John Elway moved up to select him in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft. Joseph has been saying that despite Denver’s dive, it’s still more important to win games now than to focus on getting a better draft position in 2018. That philosophy played out during the team’s back-to-back wins over the Jets and Colts following an eight-game skid that was the franchise’s worst in half a century. ”Where we are right now with the quarterback, we have to see where we are there,” Joseph said. ”There’s obviously a major decision moving into the offseason. So, that’s different in my opinion when it comes to the quarterback. ”Now, we’re not going to forfeit games. Whoever is playing for us, our goal is to win the football game. Whoever plays the quarterback position on Sunday afternoon, we want to win the football game whether it’s Paxton or Brock.” Siemian beat out Lynch for the second straight summer but lost his job to Osweiler after going 3-4. Osweiler went 0-3 and lost his job to Lynch, who was injured in his only start Jordan Scarlett Jersey , a loss at Oakland on Nov. 26, and Siemian regained the starting job three weeks ago. Lynch wasn’t striding normally on his sprained ankle during warmups Thursday night but Joseph said he should be cleared this weekend and the coaching staff will gather Monday morning to make a decision on who will start at QB. The Broncos don’t plan on signing a third quarterback, Joseph said. Instead, wide receiver Jordan Taylor will serve as the emergency QB. If it gets to that point, running backs C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker could also expect some direct wildcat snaps. Joseph also said there’s a strong possibility that rookie running back De’Angelo Henderson could play for the first time since September, when he had a single carry for one yard against Buffalo. Joseph acknowledged he has mixed feelings about the Broncos finding their footing this month. ”It’s what we’ve coached and preached the entire season. To finally see it the last two weeks, it’s good, but it could’ve been six weeks ago, seven weeks ago,” Joseph said. ”It’s bittersweet.” Joseph said his message to fans ”would be something good is happening here. The more we figure out our formula to win, it’s going to be better for us here. I’ve been proud of the players for how engaged they’ve been and how hard they’ve worked. We have a good team. We have a good locker room. It’s not perfect. We have to fix some things in the offseason, but it’s a special group of people here. It’s going to get fixed. I promise.” Notes: Joseph said WR Emmanuel Sanders is day to day with a bone bruise in his right ankle. … OLB Shane Ray tweeted that he had the pins removed from his wrist that he injured in the preseason and should be OK to play against the Redskins. —

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